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UK immigration a barrier to London’s growth

Heralded as the most significant business-led consultation project ever undertaken to help drive jobs and growth in a UK city, a new study which focusses on London’s future as an economic powerhouse has named UK immigration as one of its three main target areas. London 2036: An Agenda for Jobs and Growth was produced by First […]

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Attention Tier 1 (General) Visa Holders!

Closing for good – 6 April 2015 As of 6 April 2015 the opportunity to gain an extension under the Tier 1 (General) category will be permanently removed. Following the closure of this route to new applicants in 2011, the government is sticking to its guns concerning the final deadline for existing migrants with a Tier 1 (General) visa […]

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Hong Kong Investor Visa on hold

Hong Kong’s Executive Chief, Leung Chun-ying, announced on Wednesday that the city’s controversial Investor Visa scheme was on hold due to excessive capital and a need for more talent. The suspension of the Capital Investment Entrant Scheme formed an unexpected part of his annual speech to the Legislative Council of Hong Kong. The scheme was […]

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Improved UK Visa Application Services for the East

UKVI: Breaking Down Barriers UKVI, the Home Office department for UK Visas and Immigration, certainly seems to be following the Prime Minister’s plan for long-term economic growth with its recent efforts to improve customer service across the globe. 2014 has seen the Home Office responding to customer service questionnaires and taking action upon a myriad […]

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International students in the clear

Proposal to ‘Train ‘em up. Kick ‘em out’ deemed a short-sighted vote winner Theresa May’s support for a plan that would require foreign students to leave the country at the end of their courses has been deemed a short-sighted vote winner which would lead to long-term economic decline. The proposal was based upon the pretext […]

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German chancellor calls for a “strong and successful Europe”

During her recent fleeting visit to London, Angela Merkel confirmed Germany will ‘work together’ with Britain on migration issues, but that freedom of movement must remain. The prime minister’s talks with the German chancellor in Downing Street were set to cover a number of issues including the UK’s aims for a reformed European Union (EU). […]

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Have you heard of the two-year rule?

People with indefinite leave to remain in the UK who, after travelling abroad, seek to be readmitted to the UK to resume residence in this country are known as ‘returning residents’. Provided these individuals are not absent for a continuous period of more than two years, their indefinite leave status in the UK will not be deemed to have […]

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Sponsor Licence Applications – A New Approach to Assessment

Although the recently updated guidance for all Tier 2 and Tier 5 applications provided some insight into UK Visas & Immigration’s (UKVI) new approach to assessing sponsor licence applications, it doesn’t tell the whole story. The 149 page guide, published on 6 November 2014, announced the introduction of a new ‘cooling off’ penalty period that can be […]

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Sponsorship Duties

Let’s Get it Right! As a Tier 2 sponsor, non-compliance is not an option. Employers of migrant staff have a duty to comply with the general sponsorship duties by way of suitable HR systems and processes. All UK sponsors can expect a visit from UK Visas and Immigration officers (UKVI), a section of the Home Office, […]

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Home Office faces criticism once again

The Home Office is failing to properly examine applications for British citizenship, according to a recent report from the Independent Chief Inspector for Borders and Immigration Following some good press concerning the increased identification and deportation of Foreign National Offenders, another report entitled ‘An Inspection of Nationality Casework’ by the same author has criticised the […]

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